“We joined SCCA to learn from and work with other successful businesses in the Seward neighborhood.”
SCCA Member: Jim Welna, Welna II Hardware

Monthly Archives: February, 2012

JAZZ 88 KBEM Comes to Seward

On Friday, February 3, Jazz 88 KBEM did a live broadcast from the Birchwood Cafe. This was the first in a series of on-location broadcasts featuring Minneapolis neighborhoods. Kevin Barnes, Underwriting Assistant at KBEM, is a resident of Seward and worked to promote our neighborhood as an ideal first location for the series. From 7:00 to 9:00 am, deejay Ed Jones interviewed Seward representatives, including SCCA member and Birchwood Café owner, Tracy Singleton. In … More

January SCAA Monthly Membership Meeting Recap

In January, the SCCA membership heard a presentation from 3rd Precinct Crime Prevention Specialist Shun Tillman and Crime Prevention Analyst Luther Krueger. The presenters discussed ways that businesses can improve their own safety, as well as contribute to the safety of the neighborhood. MPD relies on the network of block clubs across the city to promote safety.  The map below shows the current block club coverage in Seward. Shaded areas on the map still … More

Business Profile: Welna II Hardware

Welna II Hardware has been operating in the Seward area since 1998. Located at 22nd and Franklin, this building was the original home of the Seward Co-op. When the Co-op decided to expand and move locations, they asked local residents in a survey what type of business should replace the Co-op. An overwhelming number of responses were returned asking for a local hardware store. With the responses in hand, the Seward Co-op board members … More

Jim Welna Steps Down as SCCA Chair

After 14 years, long-time SCCA Board Chair, Jim Welna has stepped down. He will still remain on the SCCA board as Joe Buck takes over the office of chair. Few people have made as significant an impact on the Seward community over the years as Jim has. I recently met with him to discuss his time as board chair.

Approached in 1998 by Leo Hoff and Lenny Harrel, two former SCCA board members, Jim … More

Catching Up With the Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership

The Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership (SLRJP) brings a grassroots approach to solving issues of juvenile wrongdoings in the local community. By working with the Minneapolis Police Department and the Hennepin Co. Attorney’s office, the method of “diversion” is utilized, which allows youths to participate in a mediation process instead of going to court. SLRJP facilitates a discussion between the juvenile, their parents and members of the community, including those who were directly harmed … More